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West Palm Beach High School Ranked Among Best In Nation

(West Palm Beach, FL) – In what can only be considered a huge feather in the cap of public schools in the City of West Palm Beach, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts has been ranked as one of the top high schools in the entire nation by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

According to the rankings available on the magazine’s website, Dreyfoos was ranked 67th out of over 21,000 public high schools examined by the magazine.

Perhaps even more import, Dreyfoos was ranked as the 7th best public high school in Florida and was one of only 31 Florida public high schools to receive the magazine’s highest honor of a gold medal award.

The ranking is a critical tool for business recruitment in West Palm Beach.

“One of the first things a CEO looking to move his company to West Palm Beach will look at is the quality of the education system,” said Alan Durham, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City. “We already knew about the high quality of the private schools available in our city and surrounding area, but to have one of the nation’s best public high schools right in our backyard is a significant statement to be able to make to business leaders.”

Also making the top 100 across the nation was Suncoast Community High School, just over the city limits in Riviera Beach.  Suncoast was ranked 8th in the state of Florida, and 88th overall in the country.

According to the magazine, schools were evaluated on “overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.”

For the complete list of rankings, you can visit the magazine’s website:

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